Archive for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Kjrsten Abel Ruch, 4-H Program Coordinator at the Douglas Count Extension Office, 2110 Harper St., sits on a stability ball at her desk instead of in a chair to help straighten her posture and strengthen her core. Douglas County Extension staffers are among office employees who are choosing to stand rather than sit or use other ergonomically friendly methods to avoid chronic pain and stiffness and otherwise improve their health. Office workers make a stand for better posture
July 16, 2013
Kjrsten Abel Ruch and Pam Heikes were both standing on a recent day at work. That wouldn’t be out of the ordinary at a factory or warehouse. But they work at an office, where they spend most of the days looking at a computer screen. The Douglas County Extension staffers are among office employees — in Lawrence and across the country — who are choosing to stand rather than sit at work or utilize other ergonomically friendly methods to avoid chronic pain and stiffness and otherwise improve their health. By Giles Bruce
10:30 a.m.
A voter heads to a polling precinct at Central United Methodist Church before noon Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. County budget reflects added cost of voter ID laws
July 15, 2013
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is expecting additional costs in next year’s elections due to the state’s new voter ID law. That law requires new voters to show proof of citizenship in order to register. By Peter Hancock
12:30 p.m.
Barbara Werbe Meek, a 1960 Kansas University graduate, is pictured with her daughters, Sheryl Lee (left) and Mindy Piontek, in this photo provided by the KU Endowment Association. KU Endowment announces $1 million unrestricted gift from alumna, based on late husband’s wishes
July 15, 2013
The Kansas University Endowment Association announced a rare kind of gift Monday, thanks to one of the last wishes of a KU alumnus who died in 1999. Barbara Werbe Meek, a 1960 KU graduate who lives in Baton Rouge, La., has committed to a $1 million gift to KU, the Endowment announced. The gift is unrestricted, meaning it can be used for any purpose at KU with the approval of the Endowment’s Executive Committee. By Matt Erickson
4:33 p.m.
Lines form Wednesday outside the Statehouse to sign a banner asking Gov. Sam Brownback to "carve out" long-term care for those with disabilities from KanCare.    Advocates for those with developmental disabilities urge state to abandon proposal
July 16, 2013
Opponents of putting long-term services for those with developmental disabilities under KanCare made a last-ditch plea to state officials on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild

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Editorial: Verdict is in
The jury has done its job in a widely debated Florida shooting case. It’s time for the media and the nation to move forward.
July 16, 2013
A Florida jury has reached its decision in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but, for better or worse, this case will continue to reverberate across the nation.